No charges for Avenatti in domestic violence case

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High-profile attorney Michael Avenatti will not face charges over a 2018 domestic dispute with his then-girlfriend Mareli Miniutti, the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office announced Friday.

The prosecutor’s office said Friday that no charges will be filed against Avenatti “at this time,” but left the door open for future prosecution.

{mosads}”The City Attorney’s Office has reviewed all of the reports in this matter and considered all of the evidence. This matter has been set for City Attorney Hearings in which both the victim and the suspect will have an opportunity to be heard on different days,” the office’s statement reads.

“The victim will be advised of services available to her. The suspect will be informed that although we decline to file charges at this time, this matter remains open and we may file charges at any time prior to the expiration of the statute of limitations,” it continues.

Avenatti, who represents adult-film star Stormy Daniels in her lawsuit against President Trump, was arrested in November after police responded to a domestic violence call at his home. He wrote on Twitter Friday that he would continue to “speak truth to power” now that his case was resolved.

“I am extremely thankful that after three thorough investigations, one by the LAPD, one by the LA District Attorney, and one by the LA City Attorney, the truth of my innocence is now established and no charges are being brought,” he tweeted.

Miniutti claimed at the time that Avenatti grew physically violent and began cursing at her during an argument over money.

At the time of his arrest in November, Avenatti denied claims that he had been physically abusive towards Miniutti or any other woman, and told reporters that he would be “fully exonerated” in court.

“I have never been physically abusive in my life nor was I last night. Any accusations to the contrary are fabricated and meant to do harm to my reputation. I look forward to being fully exonerated,” he said at the time.

Avenatti also took aim at right-wing conspiracy theorist Jacob Wohl and celebrity news outlet TMZ on Friday following the announcement, accusing both of “fabricating” stories against him.

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